5 Facts You Might Not Know About Elton John

4 November 2013, 09:30 | Updated: 19 November 2014, 10:52

Music Week

We share 5 facts about Sir Elton John, some of which you might not know

On this day (November 04) in 1989, Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when 'Sacrifice', entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley had also achieved this feat.

Here, we share 5 facts about Sir Elton John – some of which you might not know…

  1. Surely everybody knows that Sir Elton's birth name was Reginald Dwight, but not too many know that his full name these days is Elton Hercules John

  2. Elton auditioned for the lead vocalist spot in the band King Crimson, but they decided he wasn’t for them. Think they regretted it later?

  3. Elton was immortalised on a pinball machine, in honour of The Who song he covered, "Pinball Wizard." If you’ve got one in your basement, you might think about taking it to the Antiques Roadshow

  4. Before Elton achieved individual success, he earned a crust as a session musician, In fact, he played piano on the Hollies 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."  He was paid the grand sum of £12

  5. Sir Elton achieved huge commercial success in the 1970s but it was in 1987 that he won a Grammy for his part in  "That's What Friends Are For", which he shared with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder